What's the Deal?

What's the Deal: The Week's Best Travel Bargains Around the Globe, by Land, Sea and Air

Sunday, September 27, 2009


-- Spring Creek Ranch, in Jackson Hole, Wyo., is offering a ski free package, with savings of more than 50 percent. The deal starts at $87.50 per person double a night and includes accommodations, up to two lift tickets per day at Grand Targhee Resort or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, daily breakfast for two at the Granary restaurant, and free shuttle to town and the Jackson Hole resort. Valid late November-April 1. Taxes of 6 percent are additional. Rates are typically $195 a night, and a full-day lift ticket at Jackson Hole starts at $55. Info: 800-443-6139, http://www.springcreekranch.com.


-- Crystal Cruises has announced a slew of deals for its 2010 season, including two-for-one pricing on its cruises in all categories and free airfare on cruises along Australia and New Zealand, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and New England and Canada. (Penthouse passengers receive free business-class air to Europe.) For example, a 12-day Crystal Symphony cruise from Sydney to Auckland, New Zealand, departing March 18, starts at $6,530 per person double; brochure rate was $13,060. Air from Washington Dulles or BWI is included, and taxes and port charges are an extra $305. In addition, the cruise line is offering a Birthday Bonus promotion, which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year. For the deal, book by Dec. 31 and sail on your birthday in 2010 to receive 50 percent off a second cruise taken before your 2011 birthday. Info: 888-799-4625, http://www.crystalcruises.com.


-- Virgin America has sale fares from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles and San Francisco. For both California cities, round-trip air starts at $239, including taxes. Travel by Nov. 18, between Dec. 2 and 16, or between Jan. 6 and Feb. 10. Book by Oct. 6. One-day advance purchase required; blackout dates apply. Other airlines are matching, but remember that Virgin has WiFi, power outlets and in-flight entertainment at each seat. Info: 877-359-8474, http://www.virginamerica.com.


-- US Airways Vacations has discounted a variety of Las Vegas packages, including accommodations ranging from low-end (Riviera) to high (Bellagio). For example, pay $797 for two, including taxes, for round-trip air from Washington Dulles and three nights at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. Use promotion code FOURS. Without promotion, the package costs $842. Book by Oct. 5; travel Sunday-Tuesday by Dec. 20. Info: 800-455-0123, http://www.usairwaysvacations.com.

Prices were verified and available on Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press. However, deals sell out quickly and are not guaranteed to be available. Restrictions such as day of travel, blackout dates and advance-purchase requirements sometimes apply.

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